you have ever wondered about Tower
East, that big white office building rising
above the intersection at Warrensville
and Chagrin, it might interest you to know
that it was designed by a world famous
architect and is home to hundreds of
employees and 30 different companies.
Noting the building’s importance to the
Van Aken district and the City, Mayor Earl
Leiken says, “To have a building designed
by Walter Gropius in Shaker Heights is
a really big deal. This iconic building is
nominated for inclusion on the National
Registry of Historic Places and it is a key
anchor of the new district. The businesses
located in Tower East and the building’s
owners have made a significant and
noteworthy investment in
Completed in 1968, Tower East
has benefited from nearly
$1.5 million in improvements in the
last two years by Rosemont Realty, the
building’s primary owner. In addition, Equity
Engineering, the largest employer in the
building recently purchased the top three
floors making an impressive long term
commitment to Tower East, Shaker Heights
and the district.
Enjoy these highlights of the past, present
and future of Tower East and next time
you see it, pause for a moment to
consider what a local treasure it is. SL
SHAKER LIFE | WINTER 2014 9
August 9, 1966
Gropius arrived via helicopter, landing directly
at the site and personally turned the first
shovel of dirt for the project.
July 27, 2013
First ever rappelling event down the north
face of Tower East to raise money for the
Be the Match Foundation. Planned
repeat of this fundraiser scheduled
for August 2, 2014.
Designed in the International
Modern Style of architecture.
This concrete building has a
sense of lightness and openness
at the corners.
It is the only Gropius-designed
building in Ohio.
Gropius also designed the Met Life
Building (formerly the Pan Am
Building) in New York City and
the John F. Kennedy Federal Office
Building in Boston.
(rentable square feet)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 11, 1966
“Dr. Walter Gropius, famed architect
from Cambridge, Mass. rightly sets
his sights on making Tower East a
landmark ‘by its height and massive
design.’ Cleveland long has needed
architectural vision to make the City’s
new structures into functional items of
beauty to lend distinction to the area.
Frank H Porter, developer of the $8
million building... is to be commended
for putting the design... in such capable
hands as those of Dr. Gropius.”